According to “Merriam-Webster,” an advocate is “one who pleads the cause of another … one who defends … one who supports.” Your child or teen needs an advocate on his or her side—someone to plead, defend, and support him or her in the classroom, at the doctor’s office, and even within your home. This privilege was given to you by design. It can be difficult for children and teens to advocate for themselves. They may not realize that they need additional support. It is important for you to seriously consider your role in advocating for your child, as it can impact almost every area of his or her life—from reaching his or her highest potentials and progressing at school to simply enjoying and thriving in everyday life. These are some of the steps you can take to advocate for your children. This is not an exhaustive list.
Permit yourself to be an advocate for your teen or child.
Understood, an organization that provides resources and support for those who learn differently, encourages parents to know that it is OK to advocate for your child: “It’s not disrespectful to share your concerns. Teachers want their students to succeed. Teachers know this.